Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor – Candice McDaniel

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Day in the life of
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor – Candice McDaniel

Candice McDaniel
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor
Bayou Jiu-Jitsu and Self Defense

My name is Candice McDaniel and I am a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor.

Monday through Friday I teach 2 separate kids classes for 45 minutes each. Then I manage the front desk for the adult classes in the evening. Once a month I also teach a Women’s Self Defense Class. I mostly spend my time instructing the children and women on proper Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu moves. I spend time demonstrating the moves and then I work to correct any issues with their technique.

Here is a breakdown of my typical day:

  • Arrive at the martial arts gym about 45 minutes before class.
  • Spend about 30 minutes cleaning the gym: sweep, mop, bathrooms, etc.
  • Open the doors 15 minutes before class starts and greet the children and parents as they arrive.
  • I’m responsible for entering new students into the system when they sign up.
  • I answer any questions about our Jiu-Jisu program, membership, their student’s progress, etc.
  • Then class starts and I spend the next few hours teaching Jiu-Jitsu.
  • I’m available after class for the parents and kids to talk to me as needed as well.
  • During the adult class, I train while also making sure I can stop and help any students who need to make payments, purchase gear, or help new students trying out a class.

For the Women’s Self Defense class, it’s a very similar process except it’s just once a month and I’m working with women instead of children. I also coordinate with the owner to promote the classes, give demonstrations and seminars, and run special events like in-house tournaments.

Overall my key responsibilities are:

  • Upkeep and cleanliness of the gym.
  • Greeting and assisting students with payments, registration, and guidance.
  • Instructing students on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques.
  • Promotion of future classes.
  • Assisting in demonstrations and seminars.
  • Helping coordinate special events hosted by the gym.


  • I get to spend a lot of time doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
  • I get to stay physically active.
  • I have my mornings free.
  • I enjoy teaching kids and being a positive influence in their lives.
  • I get to share a hobby that has had a positive impact on my life.


  • My evenings are always busy so I can’t often do other things during the week.
  • I tend to get home late at night.
  • I don’t have much flexibility in my schedule.
  • No one can easily replace me, so it’s hard to schedule time off.
  • The pay isn’t very high unless you own your own gym.
  • I don’t get any benefits like health insurance, dental, vision, etc.
Candice McDaniel
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor
Bayou Jiu-Jitsu and Self Defense
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